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International Asteroid Day observed; advanced efforts to track and deflect asteroids stressed upon
International Asteroid Day was observed officially for the second time on June 30 after UN's proclamation of the observance. Various scientific communities and space agencies around the globe held events 'to raise public awareness about the asteroid impact hazard and to inform the public about the crisis communication actions to be taken at the global level in case of a credible near-Earth object threat'.

It was in December 2016 that the United Nations General Assembly had adopted resolution A/RES/71/90, declaring 30 June International Asteroid Day in order to "observe each year at the international level the anniversary of the Tunguska impact over Siberia, Russian Federation, on 30 June 1908, and to raise public awareness about the asteroid impact hazard."

The decision by the UN was made based on a proposal by the Association of Space Explorers, which was endorsed by Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) urging institutions around the world are hosting events to raise awareness about asteroids.

Asteroid Day organizers stated that Asteroid Day is meant to hold event addressing science as well as government and private-sector initiatives to study asteroids, and particularly advanced efforts to develop greater detection, tracking and deflection techniques.

The enthusiasts watched live discussions and other asteroid-related programmes during a 48-hour that went live on Space.com or on the Asteroid Day homepage.

According to NASA, there are around 10 million near-Earth objects  that has prepared the "National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy and Action Plan" for the US.

The Discovery Channel's special programme titled "How to Survive an Asteroid Strike" is available for people to watch and remain prepared for an eventuality.

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